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benthon

[ben-thon] /ˈbɛn θɒn/
noun
1.
the aggregate of organisms that live on or in the benthos.
Origin
benth(os) + -on, extracted from plankton
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benthos

/ˈbɛnθɒs/
noun
1.
the animals and plants living at the bottom of a sea or lake
2.
the bottom of a sea or lake
Derived Forms
benthic, benthal, benthonic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek: depth; related to bathus deep
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